Are Your Dogs Barkin’?
They may be telling you something about your health.
Did you know that our feet, combined, contain a quarter of the body’s bones? Every joint, tendon, muscle, ligament, nerve, and blood vessel is linked to the heart, brain, and spine.
Why wouldn’t the condition of our feet be a solid indicator of everything else going on above the ankle?
The feet can be the most powerful messengers—particularly for people with diabetes or those at risk of other diseases or deficiencies. Although there are a number of signals, today, we’ve selected three common signs that should alert you to call us. It’s important to understand that if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should not be alarmed nor self-diagnose; Rather, promptly schedule an appointment and we’ll get to the bottom of your pain and overall health.
Chronic Foot Cramping
The ‘Charley Horse’—that sudden jolt and cramp that you can make you jump and cringe—can often be a result of exercise or dehydration. However, if you are experiencing these more frequently, and particularly when you’re at rest, it’s best to consult with a doctor. In some cases, this could indicate that you’re not getting adequate minerals and nutrients in your diet—the goodies like calcium, potassium, or magnesium.
Minor irritations, cuts, and scrapes that simply will not heal completely could be a result of high blood glucose levels, often diabetes, and can lead to nerve damage. Unfortunately, this nerve damage can prevent patients from noticing the pain, so it is important to watch how/and if any wounds on the feet heal. Look for oozing or check for an odor—two signals that the infection has been active for awhile. If this is happening to you, call us and we will help determine the underlying cause and help you receive appropriate treatment.
Chronic Numbness & Tingling
In some cases, a frequent feeling of numbness, the feeling of sharp needles, and uncomfortable tingling can be an indication of possible damage to the peripheral nervous system—the channel the body uses to move information to the brain and throughout the body. While there are other causes, the top offenders are diabetes, chemotherapy, and alcohol abuse. Always consult with your medical team, from your foot doctor to your primary care physician, if you experience this uncomfortable burning.
Have more questions about your feet?
Give us a call at our East Side or West Side locations.
West Side Cleveland: 440-333-5888
East Side Cleveland: 216-381-3600